When you are either applying for supplemental security income (SSI), or have already been approved for benefits, there are many things that can go wrong. It’s important that you’re prepared for these possibilities so that you can deal with them in the correct manner if the issue arises in your case.
A couple of the most frequent issues that can occur with SSI include your claim being denied, and your benefits being terminated after they’ve been approved. Continue reading to learn more about these problems, and what you can do to make sure that if they happen to you, you’re ready to correct the issue and continue or begin receiving the benefits you’re entitled to.
Your Claim Could Be Denied
The number one thing that could go wrong is an SSI case is your claim being denied. There are a number of reasons the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies SSI claims. Some of the most often seen reasons for denials include:
- Your condition isn’t a covered condition under SSI guidelines
- You don’t meet the income requirements
- Issues with your paperwork
- The SSA doesn’t consider you disabled “enough”
- You haven’t provided enough medical documentation
- You were convicted of a crime
- Your condition was caused by drug or alcohol abuse
If your SSI claim has been denied, the first thing you should do is reach out to an experienced SSI attorney who can help you file your appeal with the SSA. Your denial should contain the reasons for why your claim has been denied. Often, by addressing any of the concerns or issues your application for SSI had, your attorney can get your claim approved.
When your claim is still denied, we can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge where you’ll have the best opportunity for your claim to be approved.
Termination Of Benefits After Approval
Another problem claimants often find themselves facing is termination of their benefits after being approved. This can happen if you fail to report a change in your income, you are able to work or school full-time, or your medical condition has improved.
When your benefits have been terminated, your attorney will be able to work with you to file an appeal to have your benefits reinstated. If you do so within 10 days of your benefits being terminated, you’ll be able to continue receiving your benefits while your appeal is under review. If you hope to appeal, you must do so within 60 days of your denial.
Contact An Experienced SSI Attorney
These are just a few of the most common things that can go wrong when you file for or are receiving SSI benefits. For assistance is appealing your case in either situation, reach out to skilled SSI attorneys, so that you can begin collecting the benefits you need to continue to support yourself and your family.